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Darlaston makes plans for new branch

Planning permission is being sought by independent builders merchant Darlaston Builders Merchants for a new site in Birmingham.   The 4.2-acre site at Warwick Road and Wharfdale Road in Tyseley is currently vacant and overgrown and was formally used for scrap yard and metal reprocessing. If approved, 27,103 sq ft of …

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Outdoor workers at risk from UV over-exposure: How merchants can help

Builders’ merchants have a crucial role to play in ensuring their employees and customers are protecting themselves against UV overexposure, even those who do not spend the whole working day outdoors. That’s according to a survey by SC Johnson Professional amongst construction health & safety professionals and employees which found …

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BMF extends auto-membership to h&b Development Group

Builders merchants’ trade association the Builders Merchants Federation and independent builders merchant buying group h&b Buying Group have extended their group membership agreement to include the 24 smaller merchants comprising the h&b Development Group. Five merchants in the h&b Development Group are already BMF Members and the remaining 19, together …

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Government must provide a clear roadmap to recovery, says Logistics UK

Business group Logistics UK is warning the government it needs to do more to stimulate economic activity and restore consumer confidence after the COVID-19 pandemic, after the group’s research indicated that the nation’s businesses are stagnating, after two months’ of cautious re-opening. David Wells, the group’s Chief Executive says that …

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Beedon’s Cemex move comes under CMA spotlight

The Competition and Markets Authority has raised concerns about the purchase by Breedon Group of certain Cemex assets in some parts of the UK. Breedon announced in January 2020 that it had agreed a £178 million deal to buy approximately 100 Cemex sites, including aggregates quarries, ready-mixed concrete facilities, asphalt …

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h&B members report growth despite Covid

Although ‘Because Covid’ is currently the default excuse for inaction, three partners of independent builders merchant buying group h&b have announced growth and expansion strategies. “h&b merchant partners are typically entrepreneurial businesses with a strong presence in their local communities. In many cases that place in the community has been …

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MKM makes plans for Corby branch

National independent builders’ merchant MKM is to take space at an East Midlands business park. The company has agreed a lease for a 19,100 sq ft stand-alone unit at Centrix Park, in Corby, Northamptonshire. The site features a large open plan warehouse, trade counter and office space to the ground …

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CCF celebrates Class of 2020

Nationwide distributor of insulation and interior building products, CCF, is celebrating the 31 colleagues who will be graduating with industry recognised diplomas following completion of the existing programme this year. Hand in hand with this is the launch of the company’s new ‘Our Pursuit of Better Apprenticeship’, course, designed to …

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Investment boosts Russell’s dry fix capacity

Pitched roof tile manufacturer Russell Roof Tiles has invested £35,000 in upgrading its dry fix machinery to enable the business to increase capacity of its roofing accessories. The firm has purchased a new injection moulding machine from Borche, to assist with the production of dry fix system components at Russell Roof Tiles …

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Carl Kammerling boosts marketing strength

Hand tools, tools storage, power tool accessories and security solutions provider Carl Kammerling International has announced the appointment of Mark Raines as head of marketing. Raines joins from Bosch Power Tool Accessories where he was a head of product management at its headquarters in Switzerland, with responsibility for one of …

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